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Friday, 17 July 2020 13:32

Tally of Nearly 1,000 Bass At Hobie B.O.S Event in La Crosse, Wisconsin

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An elite field of 84 kayak anglers participated in the Hobie Bass Open Series event in La Crosse, Wisconsin. 
It was the first time that Hobie brought their tournament series to this epic bass fishing location and it certainly did not disappoint. The area has a reputation for producing solid catches, so a tight finish was very much anticipated, but even so, the expectations of everyone involved was exceeded.
 
According to A.J. McWhorter, the tournament director, there were a ton of bass caught and released at the event, with nearly 1,000 submitted by competitors. To make things even more exciting, a lot of the fish were in the same size class. He further stated that with only an hour left to go there were still plenty of opportunities for anglers to climb up the leader board.
 
At the end of the day, it was Rus Snyders, a 38-year-old from Nashville, Tennesee, who did the best thanks to a two-day total of largemouths that tallied 174.50 inches. Second place went to the 28-year-old Alex Steffen, from Monticello, Iowa with 171.25 inches. 168.25 inches of bass was enough to secure the third spot for Zach Humphries, of Rothschild, Wisconsin. Both Steffen and Humphries, along with Nich Matthews who finished in fourth place, qualified for the Hobie Tournament of Champions, which will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee on the 14th and 15th of November. Snyders had already qualified previously for the tournament thanks to his win at Lake Fork, Tennessee back in February.
 
Snyders is no stranger to this particular stretch of the Mississippi as he finished first out of 73 anglers in the KBF Trail Championship at La Crosse back in October of 2019. However, he stated that this event was the exact opposite of his previous experience as it had low, hot water and plenty of summertime heat while the last time he had to contend with a fall cold front and water that was both high and chilly. However, he chose to work the same stretch of the river using the same basic technique that got him the win the last time and it paid off, despite the contrast in conditions.
 
For his plan of attack, Steffen focused on finding cold springs under hydrilla mats but quickly discovered that the fish had moved since his practice sessions. This meant that he had to go searching on both mornings, which resulted in a slow start. However, once he found them things began looking up. Finishing in the 20th spot on Saturday motivated him to search for more productive waters on Sunday, which paid off.
 
For Zach Humphries, it was his first time fishing the Mississippi River, despite being a native of Wisconsin. To pull his limit of bigmouths he worked wacky worms and Texas rigs over sand and around tree stumps.
 
For their efforts, Snyders took home $5,00, while Steffen bagged $3,036 and Humphries collected $1,500. In total, more than $15,000 was paid out to the top nine competitors.
 
Naomi Bolton

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